UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. ( - Even as restaurants across the St. Louis area start to open for dine-in service, some owners on the Delmar Loop are saying they may have to close for good.

Tavolo V Italian Restaurants is one business closing. The co-owner, Ryan French, said students from Washington University and nearby concert halls drive the business. Without those customers for the foreseeable future, he thinks the area will struggle.

"You're talking thousands and thousands of people," French said. "The two concert venues alone with sellout shows is close to 3,000 people in that area. For each restaurant to even take a little taste of that, it was phenomenal."

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